No Retouching Required: The Beach at the Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo
You know how it is with vacation photos. Sometimes you forget to turn off the flash and that expensive five-star hotel room of yours ends up looking cheap in the harsh lighting. Or the pool water isn't the blue of your dreams or a topless sunbather ruins the background of your beachy family photo. Regardless, everybody retouches vacation photos a little here and thereit's got to look great for Flickr, right?
Well, we found one hotel where retouching is not needed, where the waters of the pool, the beach and the bay are that blue that sews jealousy into the hearts of your Facebook friends. We're speaking of the Four Seasons Resort Peninsula Papagayo on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. We've just returned from a weekend there and, upon flipping through our shots of the place, realized that they needed nothing more than a crop or two.
These two images of the beach (above) and the bay (below) are completely unretouched. That means no adjustments to contrast, saturation, clarity, brightness or scene. They are as nature made them.
Tomorrow we'll finally take you inside the Four Seasons' rooms and spaces, plus all around the pool. Stay tuned!
Even though the photos don't need retouching, you do need sunscreen:
Disclosure: We stayed at the Four Seasons as guests of the Costa Rica Tourism Board for another site, but rest assured all opinions and images are completely our own.